started out as a punk band in the early 80's. They progressed into a hybrid
mix of punk and thrash by the mid 80's when they were signed to Pure Metal.
Guitarist Greg Minier also put out two discs under the titles Minier and Applehead while he was with
The Crucified (Narrowpath/Pure Metal) 1989
The Pit" (3:12)
2. "Diehard" (2:56)
3. "Your Image" (1:24)
4. "Getting A Grip On Things" (3:22)
5. "Hellcorn" (3:15)
6. "Rise" (3:55)
7. "One Demon To Another" (3:10)
8. "Unity" (3:28)
9. "A Guy in a Suite and The Pope" (1:42)
10. "Back to the Cross" (3:43)
11. "Confidence" (2:37)
12. "The Insult Circus" (2:50)
13. "Thread" (2:28)
14. "Crucial Moment" (3:28)
Jim Chaffin at
crossover album mixing elements of the Crucified's punk past with their new
thrash sound. (Not unlike D.R.I.'s "Crossover") Always liked "The
Insult Circus" a song that takes pot shots at bands and their hypocritical
lyrics. Check out the lyrics below.
The original Pure Metal release was worth
some money for a while as it went out of print when Pure Metal was bought out
by Star Song, but Tooth & Nail re-released this album a few years ago, so
it's more readily available. Still, a used, original copy sells on eBay for
Circus (M. Solomon)
the very moment I heard your deceit and subtle lies, from the moment you
shocked me, silent I burned to question, why? Why? Why do you insist,
you persist in blasphemy of my Lord and God? Take you opinions and empty
accusations home and rot. Your world is so perverted, nausea grips my
stomach! I think I'm gonna vomit. And to think I once took part in the
narrowmindedness of a hardened heart. Why?
the insults to my Lord? There is no point without support. Blaming God
for the faults of me, you don't even understand. Some feeble point or
shock effect. Who do you benefit? You profit off another's pain and bite
the hand that seeks to aid. Lies. Motive: ego . . . Knowledge, who knows?
Solution: zero. . . you goal, oh so vague.
And the band Millions of Dead whoever, you are mumbling and grumbling
about today, your music's fast and your outspoken but you have little
or nothing to say.
the boys from south of heaven, who knock TV preachers with every other
word, you come off so concerned and charge $20+ for a t-shirt. Hypocrisy
your breathe holds. Deception reeks thick and bold. You don't care about
anyone but yourself. You couldn't care less if I rot in hell. Me or anyone
else . Why?
the band named after the cow disease, so proud if you're without sin then
go ahead - cast your two cents in.
half of the bands in the Berkeley Mag on the bandwagon of the insult circus.
Of all the wrongs you slag the rights and lose us to your purpose. If
you're so wise then solve my problems instead. You ask more and more needless
questions and my troubles double. Give us something we can use. You serve
only to confuse, Why?
The Crucified - The Pillars of Humanity (Ocean) 1991
2. "It's All About Fear" (2:29)
3. "The Wrong One" (3:41)
4. "Mindbender" (3:54)
5. "Path to Sorrow" (4:02)
6. "Fellowship of Thieves" (3:12)
7. "Focus" (2:32)
8. "The Strength" (3:53)
9. "Blackstone/So-Called Living, 1991" (4:16)
10. "The Pillars of Humanity" (2:57)
"The Pillars of Humanity" limited edition white vinyl
This is a PHENOMENAL hardcore/thrash
crossover album. Every song is fast and furious yet still has great musical
hooks. This is one of those albums that you just can't sit still listening to.
The lyrics deal with social topics from a Christian perspective.
Interesting story (at least
to me) about these guys. I hung around a show in Albuquerque after these guys played in hopes
of getting them to autograph my disc. When the band came out to hang with those
who were still in the building, three of the four members were really cool and
autographed my disc. One of them, guitarist Greg Minier, seemed overjoyed to
sign it and struck up a conversation with me about his solo disc, which
I also had him sign. (see Minier) Their
singer, however, was the biggest jerk I have ever met. I asked him to sign the
cover and he ignored me and instead started talking with someone else. No biggie,
I thought maybe he didn't hear me. I waited for him to finish his conversation
and once again asked him to sign my disc. He snatched the cover from my hands
and scribbled a scripture reference, 1 John 5:21 and didn't even sign his name.
The scripture: "Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen." Man, talk about the ultimate in arrogance, I had no desire to worship the man,
I only wanted him to sign the stinkin' CD because I dug the music. The dude
ruined my cover.
Well, this would be the
last disc for The Crucified, although Tooth & Nail Records would re-released
their early punk demos on a cd called "Nailed." Vocalist Mark Soloman
went on to do some crappy rap project then on to another crappy alternative
band (Stavesacre). Bassist Jeff Belew had a short stint with industrial metal
band Chatterbox, before going on
to play with Stavesacre with Soloman. Last seen, Jeff Belew was sporting a sticker
on his guitar that said "Metal Sucks!" Poser! I bought the first two
Stavesacre albums and held onto them for a few years until I finally got tired
of 'em collecting dust on my shelf, so I traded them in. Greg Minier released
two excellent solo albums during the Crucified's existence; Minier and Applehead. Greg was featured
in an issue of Guitar World Magazine shortly before the band broke up. Drummer
Jim Chaffin went on to play with The Blamed, Fasedown and Once Dead. I actually shared the stage with Greg Minier at Mike Phillips "Mirrors Within Mirros" CD release party. Applehead played a short set, after which I joined the band to perform a couple AC/DC songs. It was fun, despite the fact that I totally butchered those songs. While there, I had Greg sign the promo photo above as well as the Applehead CD.
Greg Minier (photo
from Guitar World Magazine)
The Crucifed promo signed by Greg Minier and Jim Chaffin.
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The Crucifed promo signed by Greg Minier and Jim Chaffin.
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The Crucified - Nailed/Take Up Your Cross (Tooth & Nail) 1994
Take Up Your Cross
1. "Silent Scream" (1:53)
2. "You Don't Understand" (1:39)
3. "G.O.D." (1:36)
4. "Seal Number Four" (3:02)
5. "Conviction" (1:43)
6. "No Decay" (2:00)
7. "The Howl" (3:27)
8. "Be Warned" (2:40)
9. "Rebellion" (1:13)
10. "All You Need" (1:57)
11. "Problem Solution" (2:17)
12. "Directed Youth" (1:57)
13. "Washed Out/Apathy Medley " (2:12)
14. "Freedom" (1:41)
15. "I Want To Be A Bug" (:45)
16. "I'm Not a Christian Punk" (1:05)
17. "Death to Death" (1:42)
18. "Your Image" (1:27)
19. "God In A Cage" (1:49)
20. "Crucified With Christ" (1:31)
21. "Give It Up" (:49)
22. "Disposal" (1:03)
This CD is a compilation
of their two Punk demos from their early days. "Nailed/Take Up Your Cross" is
humble beginnings for a band that would become one of the more well known Christian
thrash bands. This compilation of their early demos is mostly just old-school
punk rock. A far cry for the hardcore and thrash of their two full length albums,
but still an interesting listen if you like punk or are just a fan of this band
yearning to hear their roots. You can occassionally hear the beginnings of what
was to come, especially in some of the more aggressive songs like "I'm Not A
Christian Punk." "Your Image" even appeared on the band's self titled CD in
a more metallic form. In my opinion, "Nailed" is to "Pillars of Humanity", what Lightforce was to Mortification. Having
said that, this disc is more of a collector's disc to fill out my Crucified
collection than a frequent player. The packaging is rather cheap on this CD;
a two page, black & white insert with no lyrics or liner notes whatsoever.
In 2012 "Nailed" was released as a 25th anniversary 7" vinyl edition. The limited edition pressing is hand numbered with 1-100 on red wax and 101-300 on brown.
Minier | Applehead | Chatterbox | Fasedown | Once Dead